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Simply Carolina: My Favorite Things about NC

June 26

North Carolina-one of my favorite places in the world. Trust me, I could make you fall in love with all things about the Tarheel state and here’s why:

1. We have the best of both worlds-beautiful mountains and beaches.

2. UNC v. Duke basketball rivalry is a can’t miss.

3. The Wright Brothers and the gift of aviation.

4. We have all four seasons.

5. BBQ–need I say more?

6. There is a city for all types of people.

7. There are TONS of places to have fun for a day-trip, such as Carowinds, The Biltmore Estate, and the Outer Banks.

8. We all know the wonderful taste of Cheerwine.

9. North Carolina is known as “The Hollywood of the East Coast.”

10. You can’t beat the music and musicians from the state. James Taylor, Scotty McCreery, Ben Folds….(the list goes on and on 🙂 )

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My Travel To-Do List

We all have bucket lists. Lists of things we want to do before our last day on Earth. But, I don’t like calling them “bucket lists.” Sounds as if you are counting down the days. So, instead, lets call them “to-do lists.” My to-do lists consist of making memories, spending time with loved ones, and traveling. Here is my travel to-do list.

  • Visit all 7 continents
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Go on a Route 66 road-trip
  • Visit and hike Machu Picchu
  • Hike Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Camp under the Northern Lights
  • Visit Brazil during Carnival.
  • Dive through the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  • Walk across the Trift Bridge in the Swiss Alps
  • Swim in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
  • Kayak through Caddo Lake in Texas
  • Go on a hot-air balloon ride in Turkey
  • Go fly-fishing in Montana’s Glacier National Park
  • See the floating lanterns in Thailand
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards in London
  • See the Fairy Pools in Scotland
  • Tickle whales in Mexico
  • Walk the Great Wall of China
  • Helicopter over a volcano in Hawaii
  • Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Dreaming a little big, aren’t I? That’s the fun of it- dream and LIVE big!

What is on your travel to-do list?

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The Real ‘Downton Abbey’

My Sundays are spent at Downton. Downton Abbey, that is.

The Masterpiece PBS hit show, Downton Abbey, has taken the world by storm. In six short seasons (yes, I will cry watching the series finale), this show has triggered viewers’ emotions with stories of love, joy, and sadness as the lives of the British Crawley family household, both upstairs and downstairs, unfolded. But, do you know the real history of the Downton Abbey estate, Highclere Castle?

Highclere Castle and Gardens is located in West Berkshire, United Kingdom. The estate’s history dates back to 749 AD, with written records of the land. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Highclere Castle was renovated from it’s original structure as a medieval palace into a castle and garden under the Carnarvon family. In 1878, the inside structural work was completed. The estate has flourished during the Georgian and Victorian times, as well as, the 20th Century. Some interesting facts are below:

  1. During the First World War, Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, turned the Castle  into a hospital and patients began arriving in September 1914.
  2. It was the center of political life during the Victorian era.
  3. Politicians, innovators, aviators, soldiers, and Egyptologists all visited the home.
  4. In 1922, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
  5. Today, the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon live partly in the Castle and nearby.

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